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English noun: behavior

1. behavior (act) manner of acting or controlling yourself

Synonymsbehaviour, conduct, doings

Broader (hypernym)activity

Narrower (hyponym)aggression, bohemianism, dirty pool, dirty tricks, discourtesy, easiness, offence, offense, offensive activity, the way of the world, the ways of the world

2. behavior (state) the action or reaction of something (as a machine or substance) under specified circumstances

SamplesThe behavior of small particles can be studied in experiments.


Broader (hypernym)action, activeness, activity

3. behavior (attribute) (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people

Synonymsbehaviour, conduct, demeanor, demeanour, deportment

Broader (hypernym)trait

Narrower (hyponym)citizenship, correctitude, improperness, impropriety, manner, manners, personal manner, properness, propriety, swashbuckling

4. behavior (act) (psychology) the aggregate of the responses or reactions or movements made by an organism in any situation


Broader (hypernym)activity

Narrower (hyponym)territoriality

Domain categorypsychological science, psychology

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